Going big by going small: How much does Everest cost?  And first summits!

Going big by going small: How much does Everest cost? And first summits!

Americans are burdened with some ugly stereotypes. In general, we tend toward obesity, don’t speak other languages, dance in the streets when we assassinate people, can’t place Europe on the world map, and soon will be ordering ultra mega super big gulps. But I’ve always thought it nice how Americans shy away from asking about
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Work It! High Altitude Swedish Photo Shoot

Linked up with friends from Peak Promotions (Christine, Robin, Jenny, and Oskar) in search of the Pumo Ri base camp. Oscar is a photographer (http://www.kihlborg.se) and was also on the first successful Swedish expedition to summit Everest in 1991. He arrived at base camp ~one week ago to lend support to Robin who will be
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And this is a small block of ice...

Pics from first Trip to Camp III and brief news

Finally made it into Gorak Shep and have an excellent (relatively speaking) net connection on my laptop. Unfortunately – I got sucked into work emails and now I have to run so I can get back before it gets dark. But I did get a good crop of pictures from the trip to Camp III
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Trash and #1 and #2 on Everest South Side

I bailed on walking to Gorak Shep for a second day in a row. All for the better though as it has mostly sleeted and hailed all day. Below is something I wrote a week or so ago, it never posted because the attached image of a toilet tent was highly disliked by my satelite
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Recap of Camp III

Recap of Camp III

It feels good to be back in my tent at base camp. A little like home and a lot like a 5 star hotel compared to the high camps. Tomorrow marks my one month anniversary here. I thought about leaving constantly during my first week. But things have only gotten better. Visiting each high camp
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On Vacation – Back from Camp III

On Vacation – Back from Camp III

Namaste! Just a short note to say I got back earlier today from Camp III with a stopover last night at Camp II. It was a great trip up the mountain. A huge thanks to Damai and Kami Sherpa for helping me get up there and to Pasang Galzen Sherpa for holding down the fort
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The descent begins…

The descent begins…

Hello SWEETFCers, Kelly here with another happy update.  I got a call last night around 10pm in Seattle (10:45am Friday in Nepal) from Seth, who was already down to Camp II, sitting on a rock and enjoying some tea before he crawled into his tent for the rest of the day and night.  He’ll be
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Snuggled in at Camp III

Snuggled in at Camp III

Saludos SWEETFCers, Kelly again with a short update: Seth is safe and sound and snuggled into his tent at Camp III (23,625ft).  He sounds absolutely great – no headache, good mood, having fun.  The climb up was extremely difficult – he described taking several breaths between each step up, then eventually getting over a hump
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Safe at Camp II!

Safe at Camp II!

Hello SWEETFCers, Kelly here with an update from Seth: he made it across the ice fall to Camp I, then continued straight on up to Camp II where he is now resting in his tent.  He said the trip up was really difficult – he likened it to a 50 mile run (which on the
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Second Trip Up – Heading to Camp III on Everest South Side

Second Trip Up – Heading to Camp III on Everest South Side

I’m in the midst of packing and charging electronic items – trying to get ready for another trip up the mountain. Hopefully the second out of three. It’s turned into a beautiful day at base camp. Two days worth of snow is slowly melting and it is sunny. Clouds are building up in the end
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